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    Sheldon Fraser, Motor Vehicle Accident Client
  • In an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident how am I compensated if I need to be retrained for work?

    If you are a victim of an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident and you are left unable to perform your work duties, you may need retraining or modified tasks in your job.  Any time your livelihood is impacted by an accident, you should look to a personal injury lawyer for advice. The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office often get asked what compensation accident victims have when they cannot return to work.

    After an Eastern Ontario personal injury where retraining is required, you may have funding under the Ottawa no-fault benefits.  These benefits are also called SABS, ABs or Statutory Accident Benefits.   Retraining can involve working with a vocational rehabilitation therapist, an occupational therapist and several other health care professionals.

    When your career is jeopardized and results in a loss of income,  you may also be able to claim the loss of income in a law suit against the at-fault driver, provided that you can provide adequate proof of the loss and job path.  An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to build the income loss portion of your case.

    Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about income loss and Ontario accident compensation when a victim needs retraining for work.

    For more information you can also request a copy of our book Injured Victim’s Guide to Fair Compensation.

    If you have been left unable to perform work duties due to an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident and want to have your case evaluated by a personal injury lawyer contact the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office at 613-860-4529 for a free consultation.

     

     

    Why should I hire an Ontario lawyer who has a focus in personal injury after my Ontario personal injury accident?

    When searching online or in the Yellow Pages for an Ontario lawyer after your Ontario personal injury accident,  a large pool of potential lawyers will be available. However, not all lawyers have a focus on personal injury cases.  The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office get asked by many accident victims looking for a lawyer why they should look for an Ontario personal injury lawyer and not a lawyer they know,  or one with a strong reputation in another field of law.

    For a personal answer to this case,  your best option is to call us at 613-860-4529.

    The field of personal injury is complex.   You want a lawyer who has a lot of experience dealing with personal injury cases and who knows the law.   Ontario has the most complex system for motor vehicle accidents due to the blended fault/no-fault system.

    Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about the importance of hiring a personal injury lawyer for personal injury cases on CTV Morning Live. Watch as Brenda Hollingsworth also answers a viewer’s question about lawyers who say you do not have a case.  Brenda explains why you need to make sure the lawyer you are talking to is a personal injury lawyer who handles a range of personal injury cases.

    The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office focus exclusively on personal injury and know the best professionals to use to support your case. Every doctor, insurance company, and therapist is different and you want a lawyer that knows which ones will support your case in the most effective way and which ones can be more challenging to work with.

    If you have suffered an Ontario motor vehicle accident or slip and fall accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at 613-860-4529.

    Should I sue after an Ontario slip and fall accident?

    An Ontario slip and fall accident can have a range of injuries from minor to serious. Either way, a fall can severely impact the way you go about living your day-to-day life while trying to recover. However, is it practical for all slip and fall victims to seek compensation for your injuries?

    For personalized advice on your Ontario slip and fall accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529.

     Not every time you slip and fall is there a claim.  However, if you can prove there was negligence by someone in control of the property where you fell, you may have a claim. For the most part, if the injuries and discomfort are minor and completely disappear within a few days to three weeks you may not want to follow through with a claim. However, if your pain persists for more than a month you may have a valid claim.   The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office can provide you with a free consultation to explain your rights and current situation.

    Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth answer a caller’s question on CTV Morning Live about suing for an Ontario slip and fall accident and what the best course of action is depending on the severity of the injuries

     If you have been injured in an Ontario slip and fall accident and want to know what your next step should be contact the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office for a free consultation at 613-860-4529.

    When should I call the Police after an Ontario motor vehicle accident?

    After suffering a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa there are many things going through your mind.  Many people wonder when they should call the Police to the scene.  Is it only when there is significant damage to the car, or are there other considerations to keep in mind?

    If you have been involved in an Ontario motor vehicle accident and sustained injuries resulting in a loss of work or mobility call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529 for a free consultation. We can advise you on the best options for your claim and how to pursue compensation.

    There are a lot of considerations to take into account after an Ontario motor vehicle accident. The amount of damage on a car can be deceiving.  A trailer hitch for example can take a great deal of impact without looking overly damaged. However, the driver could have suffered significant impact from the hit.

    There is never a “bad reason” to call the Police when in a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa. If you feel any pain or think you may have suffered a personal injury,  call the police to attend the scene so that they will file a report. It will help you support your claim later on.

    Watch CTVMorning Live as Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth speak about personal injury claims after an Ontario motor vehicle accidents and when to call the Police.

    Have you suffered an Ontario motor vehicle accident? Call the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office for a free consultation. They can show you your rights and how to fight for fair compensation.

    Should I hire an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for my Ottawa accident?

    The benefits of hiring an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for your Ottawa accident.

    An increasing number of personal injury lawyers from big cities are advertising in Ottawa. You might be wondering why you should hire an Ottawa personal injury lawyer after your Ottawa accident.  These accidents include, a  motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall accident.  Is a Toronto lawyer the best choice for your Ottawa case?

    The personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office focus exclusively in personal injury and know the best professionals to use to support your case. Every doctor, insurance company, and therapist is different and you want a lawyer who knows which ones will support your case, in the most effective way, and which ones can be more challenging to work with.

    You want to be able to pop in easily to your lawyer’s office for preparation for any meeting or examination by the insurance company.

    You want your lawyer to be familiar with the roadways and traffic patters in the area of the accident.

    Watch Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about the importance of choosing a local lawyer and the reasons why you should hire an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for your Ottawa accident.

    If you have suffered an Ottawa motor vehicle accident or slip and fall accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers for a consultation at 613-860-4529.

    Considering a Litigation Loan? New Case raises Flags

    Pursuing an Ontario personal injury lawsuit can be a daunting task for many individuals.  Most people have not previously dealt with the law, lawyers or courtrooms and it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  One of the primary concerns people have about pursuing an Ontario lawsuit is the financial expenses they will incur.  People often wonder how they will be able to pay for their legal expenses and this can sometimes cause undue stress and anxiety.

    Legal expenses include legal fees involved in hiring a lawyer, but they can also include other ways of preparing for trial, such as getting expert witnesses.  Some lawyers help finance your legal expenses by requesting that you obtain a litigation loan.  This is also known as third-party financing, where a financial services company gives you a loan or otherwise helps you financially.  Many recent court rulings have supported the role of third-party financing in order to adequately prepare for trial. In those cases, the court has ordered the insurer to pay the plaintiff’s interest on the loan as a disbursement.

    A recent ruling, however, has  potentially damaged a client’s chances of being compensated for interest on a loan.  The judge in the case of Guiliani v. Region of Halton, ruled that the defendant (the insurance company) did not have to pay the interest on the litigation loan.  The rationale was that to require the insurance company to pay such a large sum could encourage lenders to charge high rates of interest in an attempt to “extract unconscionable amounts of interest from vulnerable individuals.”

    If you are contemplating hiring a lawyer for your accident-related lawsuit, make sure you discuss fully that lawyer’s position on litigation loans and their pros and cons.

    For information about Auger Hollingsworth, please call us at 613 233-4529.  We’re here to help.

    Ottawa Dog Bite Lawyer: Effects of a Dog Bite

    The effects of being attacked by a dog do not always end with treating your injuries.  Some injuries can have more complex and sometimes lasting effects.  While the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are not qualified to give medical advice, we feel it is our responsibility to inform you of the issues and help you begin to understand some of the implications of personal injury accidents.

    If your injuries included lacerations and open wounds, you will likely have a scar.  The severity of scars can vary and while some are very small, light in colour and are hardly noticeable, others can be darker in colour and more prominent.  Some scars can be so severe that they result in disfigurement and may be painful.  If your scars do not fade away on their own you may be able to receive medical treatment to minimize the pain and appearance of your scars.

     

    In the event that the dog attack was very sudden, frightening and severe, an individual may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  While this may be rare, it is certainly possible so if you experienced a terrible dog bit accident, be aware of the signs and seek appropriate medical care.  If, after getting over the initial shock of the event, you don’t feel like yourself, are exhibiting strange behaviours, or feel nervous, depressed or fearful, contact your doctor.

     

    Individuals who are attacked by a dog can also develop a fear of dogs and possibly other animals.  People sometimes begin to distrust and fear dogs, even though before the accident they felt comfortable or even enjoyed the company of dogs.  A certain amount of hesitancy around animals may be normal soon after experiencing a dog bite, but if your fears grow and become worse, it may be wise to speak with a health-care professional.

     

    If you have experienced an attack by a dog, you are likely on your way to healing and recovering from the incident.  It may benefit you to speak with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer if you think you may be entitled to compensation.  The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be happy to discuss your case with you.

    Suing after a fatal car accident in Ontario

    While many Ottawa car accidents result in broken bones and other non-life-threatening injuries, some are fatal.  When an individual is killed due to a motor vehicle accident, their loved ones may be able to claim damages for their loss.  If you have lost a loved one in an Ontario car accident, consult a personal injury lawyer who can help you navigate the process of pursuing a legal claim.  You are likely dealing with a lot of stress and sadness over your loss and an Ottawa injury lawyer can be the help you need to start the healing process and begin to feel closure.

    According to the law in Ontario, the deceased individual’s spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandchildren, and grandparents can claim damages for the accident.  Damages can be both pecuniary (financial) and non-pecuniary loss of care, guidance and companionship due to the loss of a loved one).  If you were financially dependent on the deceased, you will likely be able to put forth a claim for financial damages.  Regardless of whether or not you were financially dependent on the deceased, you may be able to receive damages for the loss you endured as a result of losing a loved one.  A personal injury lawyer will be able to assess your specific situation and determine whether or not you have a legal claim to pursue.

    In determining any compensation to be awarded for loss of care guidance and companionship, a judge will take several factors into consideration.  They will consider the relationship between yourself and the deceased, including the kind of loss you may have experienced (for example, losing a parent would result in loss of care, and losing a spouse would result in loss of companionship).  A judge will also consider whether or not you lived with the deceased, your age, overall health, your ability to care for yourself in the absence of the deceased, and the extent/frequency of your contact with your lost family member.  All of these factors play a role in determining the nature of relationship between yourself and the deceased and the court’s ability to “measure” the extent of your pain and suffering.

    If you have lost a loved one in a car accident enlist the services of an Ottawa personal injury lawyer and receive the legal care you need.  Contact the injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to discuss your case.

    I was in an accident in Ontario but live out of province, can I still sue?

    Ottawa Lawyer — Even in if you live outside of Ottawa or Ontario, you can still work with a personal injury lawyer here and recover damages in Ontario.  You do not need to live in Ontario in order to receive compensation for the injuries you received while visiting Ontario.  Our firm regularly represents people who suffered serious injury while in Ontario, but who live out of the province.  Even if you live outside of Canada, you can still receive compensation for the injuries you suffered in Ontario.  While such cases can sometimes be more challenging due to the geographical distance between us, technology allows us to do most aspects of working on your case without having to meet face to face.  Depending on the circumstances of your particular case, we may be able to assist you in recovering damages for your injuries.

    It best to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident so that we can begin to work on your case while you are still in Ontario.  If this is not possible, be sure to contact us as soon as possible after leaving the province so that we can try to resolve your case as quickly as possible.  It may seem easier not to address such legal matters while on vacation or a business trip, but it is in your best interest to deal with the situation sooner rather than later.  Whatever your reason for visiting Ontario, your accident and subsequent injuries were certainly not in your travel plans and unfortunately interrupted your pleasant stay here.  Consulting an Ontario personal injury lawyer soon after your accident can only help you.  If you are from another province in Canada or even another country, you are likely not familiar with the law and procedures involved in pursuing a personal injury case in Ontario.  A lawyer will help you navigate this unfamiliar territory and provide you with sound legal advice.

    How long do I have to sue after an Ontario accident?

    Ottawa Lawyer — There is a two year limitation period for most adult personal injury cases in Ontario.  This means that you must hire a lawyer and begin the legal process within two years of your accident.  In some circumstances, shorter notice requirements are in place which means that you have less time to begin the process of filing a claim.  The particular circumstances of your accident will dictate the specific time period you have to sue.  For example, after a motor vehicle accident, you are required to submit a notice to the drivers against whom you may make a claim.  This notice must be submitted within 120 days of the accident.  A personal injury lawyer can help you determine the limitation period in your particular situation.

    It is in your best interest to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.  This will help to ensure that you are aware of the limitation period in your case and that you submit your claim within this time. Waiting until the last minute to hire a lawyer will likely be detrimental.  Many lawyers will not accept a case too close to the end of the limitation period.  This is because such short notice does not allow them to review your case fully in order to determine if the case can be won.  A lawyer may unfortunately decline to represent you if they are not given sufficient time to investigate your case.  If you are uncertain about the limitation period in your case, contact a personal injury lawyer right away.  They can help you determine the time in which you can submit your claim and help get your case started.  It would be a shame to miss the legal time frame and the opportunity to receive compensation for your injury.

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